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After completion of this class, you should have a working knowledge of HTML5 and CSS, the modern programing languages for the World Wide Web. You will understand how to apply elements of HTML, XHTML, and CSS needed for WebSite Design and Development. You will be an Author and a Publisher. You can call yourself a WebMaster. And you will learn coding skills you can apply to any programming language.
During the first few weeks of class, I expect that some of you will already know much of what we will cover. GREAT! Also, I expect that some may feel like this is "too much too fast." Ask for HELP. There are NO silly questions. Each week, there will be a Discussions Forum especially for HELP. I encourage all of us to use the Help Forums -- to ask and to answer. You can always send questions as eMail to me, firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my eMail many many times, days and nights.
You need to be diligent in planning your time for this class. Assignments are organized to give you every opportunity to become familiar with WebSite Design and Development and its programming language -- HTML5 and CSS. We have a very good textbook. It is organized as Tutorials with Case Problems as assignments.
The information you need to purchase our TextBook is included on our Syllabus. Make certain you have "New Perspectives: HTML and CSS, 6th Edition - Comprehensive".
If you do not yet have the TextBook, you will still be able to complete all the assignments for Week 0, including the WebPage "HelloWorld.html". Beginning Week 1, you MUST have your TextBook in order to complete Week 1 WebSite Assignment, and all future WebSite assignments.
Look here for more help with our TextBook.
Tutorials 1, 2 and 3 are critical to your success and we will devote two week of class time for each. Tutorials 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 will be covered in one week each. This semister, we wil skip Tutorial 7. Don't get trapped into thinking that your can start working on Sunday for an assignment due the same day. Start early. Submit WebSites early. Turn-in your partly completed WebSite on or before Fridays and your instructor will provide you with feedback that you can use to make changes and submit again. It maters not how often you turn-in WebSites -- no one's assignment will be graded until after the assignment due date has passed. It is in your best interest to turn-in assignments early. As described in the Syllabus, there is a penalty for turning-in assignments late. Be certain to keep your instructor informed if you need to turn-in an assignment late. Provide an explanation, ask for an extension.
Most WebSite assignments are chosen from the Case Problems at the end of each Tutorial. You should give serious consideration to completing every Case Problem, even though you will be graded on just one. Some assignments can be very time consuming. So remember the advice from above -- start assignments early, ask for feedback from your instructor.
It is a total MUST for you to have at minimum one Modern WebBrowser.
Follow link to this page for more information.
Microsoft Windows ... there are many freely available TextEditors for Windows, so I don't want to make any recomendations, like Notepad++ (ask Wiki). FileZilla is a free FTP client for both Mac and Windows.
Macintosh ... for a Mac TextEditor, I suggest the freely available BBEdit. FileZilla is a free FTP client for both Mac and Windows. FTP for Macs, I like Fetch, there is a free license for education. Apply for Free Fetch License.
When I send eMail to you, I will ONLY use your Tulane eMail address. I expect that when you send me eMail it will be from your Tulane eMail address and to my Tulane eMail address ( email@example.com ). The penalty for not following this guideline is that I may miss your eMail message to me -- it may get mixed up with one of my other eMail addresses and just get lost or treated as junk. Also I ask that part of the Subject be our course number ( CPST-2400 ), and that you type your full name at the end of the Message. I retain all copies of your eMail to me and my eMail to you.
For our class you are required to have your own Web Site on Tulane's CPST WebServer.
Follow link to this page for CPST WebServer Information.
Follow link to this page for information about FTP -- File Transfer Protocol.